by Suzanne Huntzinger

Autumn is a great time of year to use natural elements to transform your house and get into the fall spirit. “Just use whatever you have around,” Scott Bardash, Marketing Manager at Allisonville Nursery, says.

Pumpkins are a mainstay of fall decor, but they’re not just for carving. Cut the lid off, scoop it out, and use it as a container to display some beautiful autumn colored flowers or succulents. “If you want to get really creative, gather a bunch of white or light-colored pumpkins and arrange them in a group accented with greenery or other fall florals,” says Bardash. “Choose gourds with interesting textures for a really modern flair.”

Fall pansies are another popular trend, and they’re the perfect pick for transitioning from summer to fall décor. “They come in a variety of colors, like blue, orange, red, yellow, and purple. And they’re hardy.” You can arrange pansies in a container like a pumpkin or around a birdbath in the backyard.

Pansies and pumpkins aren’t just pretty, both plants are actually edible. “Pansies have a sweet taste, a little bit like sugar snap peas, only more delicate,” Bardash says. You can add them to a salad or cocktail to make it beautiful and taste unique. Pumpkin makes a great side dish, using the vegetable as the vessel. Open it up, and fill it with a bright soup, or gorgeous multicolored veggie casserole.

See the experts at Allisonville Nursery for help in getting your supplies for fall decorating at 11405 Allisonville Road in Fishers. Visit their website at for more ideas.